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  • Objectives
    Among the key features that distinguish the Executive MBA Programme at Bangor Business School’s new Management Centre are: * Aimed at management professionals within North Wales * Structured around part-time studies * Flexibility which recognises the often heavy demands placed on delegates in their workplace * Broadly based syllabus aimed at equipping participants with the knowledge and skills required across diverse business and management environments * An analytical and problem solving bias * Personal and professional development * Leadership and team building focus * Performance management * Networking and peer support The programme is a challenging one both intellectually and in workload. However, the rewards are tremendous. The teaching and learning processes are formative. Most MBAs will find their studies are life changing, bringing opportunities which otherwise would not have presented themselves. The competence and confidence, which accompanies the learning and development process equips participants for the greater things to come.
  • Entry requirements
    The programme is aimed at professionals who have key technical and functional experience, but who seek the breadth of business and management knowledge needed to develop their careers in the direction and at the speed required. We recognise that MBAs across the globe appreciate the international recognition that their qualification brings and the opportunities, which it can create. Our experience suggests that most MBAs are looking to consolidate and advance their learning with a view to either changing career direction or to fast-track progression in their current sector. Our Executive programme recognises these demands and provides an ideal platform for the highly motivated individual.
  • Academic Title
    Executive MBA
  • Course description
    Innovatively tailored to meet the needs of North Wales’ management professionals and high-flyers, the Management Centre’s new Executive MBA Programme is designed to provide a challenging and flexible learning experience.

     Course structure

    The programme is offered part-time. The course has a minimum duration of two and a half years although we would expect most students to complete within three.

    Executive MBA students attend a combination of evening, afternoon and weekend sessions over each of the two semesters each year.

    There are three stages in the Executive MBA Programme:

        * core compulsory modules that build knowledge and skills across key business and management disciplines and fields;
        * optional specialist streams aimed at ‘implementation/application’ and ‘project management’ within either public sector or SME management including innovation/entrepreneurship;
        * an individual project based on a real project in the student’s place of work.

    The programme starts in mid-September each year with a three day introductory module aimed at building study skills and imparting the MBA ethos, starting the process of ice breaking and group working, and sorting out domestic and technical matters prior to commencing the course.

    The programme is taught in two semesters each year. Students will normally complete three modules each semester. Hence, over two years they will complete the required 12 modules comprising the core and specialist streams.

    Two modules are taught in parallel and teaching is timetabled over ten weeks on Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons each week. The third module is taught over four days in concentrated weekend blocks.

    What will you study?

    Core modules (10 modules):

        * Managerial Economics
        * Financial Management
        * Management and Organisational Behaviour
        * Human Resources
        * Marketing Strategy
        * Managing Service Provision
        * Management Accounting
        * Management Research  
        * Strategic Management
        * Risk and Project Management

    Specialist Stream options (1 module from):

        * Public sector management stream
          The public sector touches all our lives and has undergone major changes in recent years. It has been at the forefront of developing innovative management practices in a demanding range of political and social contexts. This module explores the complex and challenging world of public sector management and engages the student in the issues of managing and developing effective, efficient and responsive public services.
        * Entrepreneurship and small enterprise management stream
          Entrepreneurs and small firms are the lifeblood of an economy, and make an increasing contribution to innovation, wealth creation and employment. This module provides a detailed insight into the entrepreneurship and the role of small firms within the economy. It explores the process of establishing a venture from idea generation to the completion of a business plan. It then takes the student through the process of developing a business plan and its different components, including business description and the market; development and production; sales and marketing; management team and the financial plan.

    Dissertation/Project (1 module)

    The Dissertation or Project will normally be based on an investigation relating to a student's workplace or a more general work related issue. It is a significant piece of work requiring diverse skills in problem identification, definition, methodology selection and development, data collection, data analysis, synthesis and the development of conclusions and recommendations based on clearly articulated objectives. Normally, students will have a work based mentor and will be under the supervision of an appropriate academic from within the Management Centre. Word length is between 12,000 and 20,000 words.

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